Norwich City defender Russell Martin insists confidence is still high in the Canaries’ dressing room despite slipping to their fourth defeat in a row at Upton Park.

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After going 10 games unbeaten, City have been brought crashing back down to earth over the festive period. It is the first time for over five years that the Canaries have lost four successive matches in the same season but Martin, who netted a consolation late on to peg West Ham back to 2-1, believes the spirit within the club remains undiminished.

“We knew how tough this schedule was going to be over Christmas – luckily we had a great run before that and it’s up to us to start getting results again.

“We were disappointed in the first half but we can take a lot of positives in the second half. We need to be at that level every week to get results in this league.”

Martin admitted he and his team-mates’ first half display was well short of the level expected of a City team.

“The start has killed the game for us really,” said the former Peterborough man. “In the first half we were nowhere near good enough in terms of the fight we put up and our quality on the ball.

“The (penalty) decision, we feel, was not a great one – but you’ve just got to move on and deal with that and we didn’t do that well enough.

“In the second half you saw more of what we are about. We had a high tempo and a bit of quality on the ball – we were just a little bit braver in the second half really.”

City’s game plan of keeping it tight for the early stages was in tatters as soon as Mark Clattenburg pointed to the spot and Norwich did not react well enough, according to Martin.

“The penalty decision had a massive outlook on things,” he added. “After that we didn’t recover well enough – these things happen in the game.

“The second one came way too soon after that. Our game has been about keeping solid for the first 20 minutes and then waiting for it to open up and breaking teams down.

“It hasn’t happened and we need to react better. We did in the second half and it was much more of a typical Norwich City performance and what we’ve been used to. It’s what our fans have been used to watching.”

City might have had penalties themselves when Reid appeared to handle in the first half shortly after Robert Snodgrass had hit the post with a free-kick. Harry Kane also looked to have been clipped by James Tomkins early in the second period, but Clattenburg was not impressed.

“Harry’s one looked like a penalty from where I was and we were disappointed not to get it,” he said. “Over the course of the season you hope those decisions will even themselves out.

“I think if Snoddy’s free-kick goes in then it would have been a completely different game. We know he’s got that in his locker but it didn’t quite sneak in.”

One small crumb of comfort was Martin’s third goal in two games as he followed up his double against Manchester City with a strike late on. However, it didn’t provide much cheer to the stand-in Norwich skipper.

“They are like buses aren’t they? Obviously it’s nice to score but it doesn’t mean anything really just like the other day,” he said. “I’ll just keep getting in the box and trying to get one.”

City last lost four games on the trot in the same season in October 2007 – Peter Grant’s last match in charge at QPR (0-1) and caretaker Jim Duffy’s three games at the helm at home to Bristol City (1-3) and at Burnley (1-2) and WBA (0-2).

25 comments

  • Yes City under performed at Upton Park. Key players out. The challenge on Harry Kane more worthy of a penalty than the one the Hammers were given a few minutes from the start. Garth Crooks and Robbie Savage said soon the BBC! Declan Rudd in goal against Peterborough. No need to risk Holt.in the Cup, with Kane and or Jackson up front.

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    Capri

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • Why not play Russell Martin as centre forward who knows could be another Chris Sutton

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    Nigel Anderson

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • Why not play Russell Martin as centre forward who knows could be another Chris Sutton

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    Nigel Anderson

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • On the ball city. we lost for in a row, and Im still happy and loving it, im sure the players are feeling the same. lets look to a good show against Posh.

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    MBA Marine

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • Has anyone considered giving Russell Martin a go up front? It worked with Chris Sutton. I can't believe nobody has mentioned it. Warm regards - Ged.

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    Ged Steroo

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • Why not play Russell Martin as centre forward who knows could be another Chris Sutton

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    Nigel Anderson

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • Not a bad idea Nigel! Meanwhile Martin's namesake Chris continues to bewilder me. Swindon have won their last two games 5-0, Chris Martin played in both, and scored .... zero.

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    Johnny Gavin Lives

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • DocOhNo

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • Oh dear , those wheels appear to be coming off now dont they!

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    Liz Knott

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • Thank you DocOhno for the heads up. Happy New Year to you. Long live the City.

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    norman hall

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • Although it has been 4 straight defeats I don't feel for one second that there should be any concern. As has been noted on here several times, two of those defeats were against Chelsea and Man City who, let's be honest, we were going to lose against. The other two were unfortunate but this IS the Premier League, there are no easy teams. All it will take is a win or a draw and the team will be back on track. As has also been mentioned, the need for a striker is great and I suggest putting money towards a proven PL goalscorer, not a lower-league whodunnit. Perhaps a want-away striker who might be coming to the end of a contract?

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    wisemanthree

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • Ref the aka Hermaphrodite Hydratroll in whichever guise it appears, I have suggested to Archant that they should hold a staff meeting and close the problem PDQ. They make a laughing stock of their already laughable publication. DocOhNo is also on the case! Rob Steroo (another head of that hydra) is being nicely irritating to the remaining 1p5wich fan on the Green `Un boards.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, January 3, 2013

  • ho hum, silly season starts early in 2013, Ms k nott and ego O' Terds .. Now who is playing up front in the development team ? maybe against Peterborough-worth a go.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • Norman, don't feed the troll. The individual you are addressing doesn't exist, it's plant by the publishing company who seem to think it encourages comment on their below standard website.

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    DocOhNo

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • As usual, a first class analysis by Russell Martin. You can always rely on him to tell it as it is. We were always going to struggle a little bit once injuries and suspensions kicked in. The FA cup may have come at a good time for us as it will give some players a chance to get over any niggles. (Yes, I'd love a good cup run but the league has to take priority.) Hopefully Holt will be up and running before the Newcastle game. I'm quite happy to leave Hoots to it. He's good for this club and if we're in the Premier League next season (and I am confident we will be) then I think he'll be at the helm for a long time.

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    Flying Canary

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • Not a bad idea Nigel! Meanwhile Martin's namesake Chris continues to bewilder me. Swindon have won their last two games 5-0, Chris Martin played in both, and scored .... zero.

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    Johnny Gavin Lives

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • Why not play Russell Martin as centre forward who knows could be another Chris Sutton

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    Nigel Anderson

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • Good idea Nigel. I mentioned it a bit earlier. Respect - Ged.

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    Ged Steroo

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • 2 players in the incorrect positions they normally play---unbelievable---against a team under Mr aladissssssse

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    superfan59

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • Hey, CH, what about signing Gary Hooper? We need another proven goalscorer.

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    CovCanary

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • Why not play Russell Martin as centre forward who knows could be another Chris Sutton

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    Nigel Anderson

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • Why not play Russell Martin as centre forward who knows could be another Chris Sutton

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    Nigel Anderson

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • Why not play Russell Martin as centre forward who knows could be another Chris Sutton

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    Nigel Anderson

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • Dear Ms Knott, you seem to take greatdelight in N City run of misfortune. You do not seem to realise that they are in, arguably, the worlds toughest league. certainly for games played every season. They have done extremely well and have played some wonderful football. You do understand the game? To play and hold their own against some of the best players in the world should be applauded. Please,Ms Knott go and read up on the game of soccer and then make an informed comment.

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    norman hall

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • I'm sure the players' confidence is fine. It's just us fans who are struggling ! New keeper + new striker(s) in the window please Hoots.

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    Timbo

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

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